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NISO Virtual Conference: Can't We All Work Together?: Interoperability & Systems Integration

November 19, 2014
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Virtual Conference

Library systems have typically operated either in silos within their own institutions or have integrated only with other libraries’ systems. Even the standards used by these systems have been library-specific. Today’s networked environment, powered by the growing use of linked data, makes structured information accessible and discoverable via the Web and outmodes traditional silos. Opportunities abound for libraries to make their data more accessible beyond their own walls as well as to utilize others’ data and systems to offer new services.

This virtual conference will survey some of the ways libraries have integrated their data and systems beyond the library walls and will explore some new projects and tools that offer ideas for the near future of interoperability.

Speakers will be presenting on a number of the following interoperability and systems integration topics including:

  • An initiative to bring the ebook offerings from various publisher platforms (e.g.: Overdrive, 3M) into cooperation with the library catalog so users can find all available holdings from one search interface.
  • Kuali OLE is Open Library Environment – an attempt to allow the traditional library catalog (an inventory system) to operate alongside/with other business solution softwares.
  • Linking identity management associated with institutions (VIVO) with those associated with individuals (ORCID).
  • Karma, a data integration tool out of USC, a project to automate data integration without requiring programming skills. The case studies are highly relevant to library attendees and include mappings with VIVO and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

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11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Keynote Address
Learning the Lingo: Building Foundations for Successful Partnerships and Collaborations upon which Successful Systems Integrations can be Built
Carl Grant, Associate Dean, Knowledge Services & Chief Technology Officer, University of Oklahoma 

Today’s libraries serve as the intellectual crossroads for their member communities and each of those communities has their own specialized terminologies and technologies. Agreeing to have the technologies converse and interoperate requires the responsible organizations to also converse and have shared vision, costs and rewards structures in place as a foundation. This talk will explore ways that librarians can facilitate this happening by suggesting ways to seek opportunities for libraries to seed grow and harvest collaboration opportunities across their communities. Finally, it will explore some of the specifics of realizing those opportunities.

Carl Grant is the Associate Dean for Knowledge Services and the Chief Technology Officer at the University of Oklahoma Libraries in Norman, Oklahoma. He is the author of the popular blog, Thoughts from Carl Grant.

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12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. BIBFLOW and the Libhub Initiative: Leveraging our past to define our future
Eric Miller, President, Zepheira
Jeff Penka, Director of Channel and Product Development, Zepheira

BIBFLOW is an IMLS-funded project of the UC Davis Library, partnering with Zepheira, to investigate the changes needed and improvements to library technical services workflows afforded by new Web-centric data models and formats such as RDA and BIBFRAME. The project is developing a roadmap and prototypes to accelerate this evolution. Zepheira are the technical architects of BIBFRAME, and pioneers in Linked Data technology across industries. Libhub is Zepheira’s new initiative to make libraries the visible center of credible information where it is most often sought, supporting a leap and connection from current, legacy formats to publishing the embedded resources as library Linked Data on the Web.

This presentation will summarize both activities, share observations of the work thus far, and highlight opportunities for libraries to learn more or engage directly in the activities.

Eric Miller is the President of Zepheira. Prior to founding Zepheira, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT where he led the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web. Eric is a frequent and sought after international speaker in areas of International Web standards, knowledge management, collaboration, development and deployment.

Jeff Penka is the Director of Channel and Product Development at Zepheira with a strong focus on lean product management, iterative business and product concept development, and practical, outcomes-based agile development processes. Prior to joining Zepheira, Jeff was most recently the Portfolio Director of the End User Services Product Portfolio at OCLC responsible for over 20 global products including worldcat.org, WorldCat, FirstSearch, Syndication and Partner services, and QuestionPoint. Jeff is an author, recognized speaker, and has served in a variety of capacities in standards organizations including NISO’s Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee and the Networked Reference Services Group. Jeff also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Syracuse iSchool Master’s Program teaching information systems, entrepreneurship, and program management.

Jeff is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with Masters Degrees in Education and Communications, in addition to studies in The Ohio State University’s Max M. Fisher Executive Education program.

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12:45 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Lunch Break

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1:40 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Distributed Person Data
Violeta Ilik, Digital Innovations Librarian, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Galter Health Sciences Library, Chicago

In the linked data environment not all name authorities are maintained in the same place and the need for Unique Resource Identifiers (URIs) in place of unique authorized headings is clear. These URIs come from various data sources including researcher profile systems. Different systems have different data that can be utilized across sources. This presentation describes how researchers' names from an open source semantic web application, VIVO, can be used as non-MARC authority records in bibliographic data and in various library supported infrastructures. VIVO person URIs are containers for statements an institution wants to make about a person during a given time period. The challenge is to connect the distributed person data not just between different VIVO institutions but also with external data sources - ORCiD being one example.

Violeta Ilik joined the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine as their Digital Innovations Librarian in the beginning of November 2014. She received her ALA-accredited MLS from University of North Texas in December 2010. Violeta has experience with managing content creation and dissemination of print and digital resources, supporting a scholars’ online identity with researchers’ management systems, and providing support for faculty, students, and staff on scholarly communication issues. While working as the Project Manager for the VIVO Implementation at Texas A&M University Violeta experimented with creating non-MARC Name Authority Records in order to represent researchers who mainly publish academic articles. Through the VIVO-ISF Ontology Working Group she has advocated for creating a central platform that can manage a registry of URIs for people as persistent identifiers. This will enable the VIVO URIs from the registry to be linked to and/or added to Library of Congress and/or OCLC authority records used in library catalogs all over the world.

Violeta also worked on developing and implementing workflows and procedures for collection-specific digital projects. She was responsible for complex metadata projects that required crosswalks between MARCXML, Dublin Core and different metadata schemes. She has thought various classes and tutorials on the use of XSLT in digital libraries – a workshop during a TEI Conference held in College Station, TX in November of 2012, a tutorial during the Theory and Practice in Digital Libraries Conference in September 2013 in Valletta, Malta, and classes in Programing for Humanists: A Continuing Education Course during the Spring 2014 semester offered by the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University.

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2:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Leveraging Wikipedia as a Hub for Data Integration: the Remixing Archival Metadata Project (RAMP)
Timothy A. Thompson, Metadata Librarian (Spanish/Portuguese Specialty), Princeton University Library

Over the years, cultural heritage institutions like galleries, libraries, archives, and museums have produced a wealth of data. A significant portion of that data has been devoted to describing the people and organizations responsible for creating information resources. In library parlance, we know this as "authority control"—the process of establishing and maintaining an official ("authorized") record for an entity in order to uniquely identify it.

The Remixing Archival Metadata Project (RAMP) editor (https://tools.wmflabs.org/ramp/) is an open-source tool for generating "authority" records and corresponding Wikipedia pages for the people and organizations associated with archival and special collections. The RAMP editor is built around two metadata formats used primarily by archivists: Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Encoded Archival Context–Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF). Whereas EAD is used to encode information about collections themselves, EAC-CPF is used to encode information about their social context: the people, organizations, and families represented in archival collections. The RAMP editor employs EAC-CPF as a format for data integration and exchange, letting users take existing metadata, enhance it, and then republish it to the English Wikipedia through its API.

Tim Thompson joined the Princeton University Library in 2014 as a Metadata Librarian specializing in Spanish and Portuguese. His professional interests include exploring ways to advance linked data for libraries and archives and to implement emerging standards like the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME).

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2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break

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3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ReadersFirst: A Movement to Improve eBook Access for Public Library Users
Jim Loter, Director of Information Technology, Seattle Public Library

ReadersFirst is an organization of nearly 300 libraries representing 200 million readers dedicated to ensuring that library users have the same open, easy, and free access to e-books that they have come to rely on with physical books. ReadersFirst works with e-content distributors and library system vendors to streamline the process of obtaining e-content to improve the end user experience. This presentation will provide a history of the ReadersFirst movement, an overview of our principles and accomplishments, and a discussion of how important open platforms and data standards are to our mission.

Jim Loter is the Director of Information Technology for The Seattle Public Library. He oversees technology operations and strategy, and his areer has focused on leading information technology strategy and operations for higher education institutions and libraries, including Seattle University, the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and the University of Iowa Libraries.

He's taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in organizational management and application development. Jim holds a Master's degree in Film Studies from the University of Iowa and have written and published on Irish cinema, with other interest areas including semiotics, narrative theory, and early cinema.

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3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Karma, a Data Integration Tool
Pedro Szekely, Project Leader/Research Associate Professor, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

Pedro Szekely has spent his entire professional career working to make computers more useful and easier to use. This has led him to make contributions in many areas in computer science. In human-computer interaction he pioneered model-based techniques to generate easy-to-use interfaces from simple, high-level specifications, contributing to reducing the cost for implementing user-interface software. In visualization he developed tools to easily generate sophisticated visualizations of complex data, focusing on time-oriented data. In data-query he developed techniques to enable casual users to easily ask complex questions using metaphors that hide queries from users and enables them to focus on their data. In multi-agent systems, he developed algorithms to enable distributed teams of people to coordinate their activities, lowering the risks and pitfalls of coordination breakdowns. In planning and scheduling he developed algorithms and user interfaces to easily adapt their plans during execution to cope with disruptions in dynamic environments.

Dr. Szekely is currently working in Craig Knoblock's information integration group, focusing on bio-informatics and education applications where he is working to help biologists, doctors and educators leverage the vast amounts of data that exist in these domains to enable them to make better decisions. To this end, he is leveraging his experience in human-computer interaction, visualization, data query and algorithms to create new tools to enable practitioners to easily integrate heterogeneous data sources, to query them and to visualize them.

Pedro Szekely received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982 and 1987 and joined USC ISI in 1988.

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4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Getty Vocabularies: Why LOD, Why now?
Joan Cobb, IT Specialist Project Manager, Information Technology Services, The J. Paul Getty Trust

This presentation will give a brief history of the project to publish the Getty vocabularies as Linked Open Data (LOD). It will begin with some of the steps we took to educate ourselves about LOD and the world of the Semantic Web and go on to include an overview of how these vocabularies can help cultural heritage resources connect to each other. The LOD publication of the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) are available now. The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) and the Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA) will be available next year.

Joan Cobb is currently leading the project to publish all four Getty vocabularies as Linked Open Data. Since joining the Getty in 1990, Joan has played a primary role in the design and development of the custom software necessary to support the growth and usage of the Getty Vocabularies. Joan came to the Getty with a background in an array of programming and design experiences, ranging from academic and medical research to energy management and hazardous chemical tracking. She began her career in computing technology after more than a decade as a teacher and master teacher with the public school system and government/industry sponsored programs.

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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion:  Moving interoperability beyond one-off projects    
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO



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Registration closes on November 18, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

Registration Costs

  • NISO Member
    • $185.00 (US and Canada)
    • $225.00 (International)
  • Non-Member
    • $245.00 (US and Canada)
    • $285.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $80.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes on November 18, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).  Cancellations made by  November 12, 2014 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

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